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About New York State Activities

New York State Activities

The Rockefeller Institute conducts studies and provides technical assistance to New York State agencies, hosts forums and seminars on New York State issues, and conducts field research in New York as part of the Institute’s national research projects.

The Institute assists New York State and local governments by bringing our research expertise, knowledge of government, and policy-analysis skills to bear in ways that help government officials create effective policies and programs in a wide range of areas. Institute staff also serve in advisory capacities such as the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination and the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers.

On a contractual basis, the Institute performs research and analysis for New York State government agencies. Recent work has included projects for the Division of the Budget, the Education Department, the Civil Service Department and the State University of New York.

Public Policy Forums

The Rockefeller Institute regularly holds public policy forums on a wide variety of national and state-local public policy issues. The forums, supported by a special State appropriation, were established in 1999 to honor the memory of Philip H. Weinberg for his many contributions to New York State public service. Upcoming forum topics and transcripts of previous forums are available here.

New York State Government: Second Edition

This second edition of this, the definitive guide to New York State government, features a penetrating look at agenda and challenges facing New York policymakers in the years ahead. With five new chapters, the book also examines the issue of the upstate economy, New York‘s complex array of local governments, and the role of debt and public authorities.
Robert B. Ward, The Rockefeller Institute Press, 2006.
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Statistical Yearbook

Every year the Institute publishes the New York State Statistical Yearbook, providing updated information on a vast array of state data and state agency contacts for news media, citizens, government officials, and others. The 714-page Yearbook contains information ranging from population and health statistics to information on education in the state. For more information or to obtain a copy, click here.

NYS Network for Economic Research

The Rockefeller Institute coordinates the New York State Network for Economic Research, a consortium of researchers and users of economic research interested in increasing public and governmental understanding of New York State's policies and economy. It is a vehicle for making the expertise and research findings of its members and others accessible to state and local government officials, the news media and the public.

Contact Information

For information on the Institute’s work for New York State government, contact Heather Trela.

For information about the Statistical Yearbook, or about the public policy forums, please contact Michael Cooper.